Document Type : Original Article
Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Arak University, Arak, Iran
Backscatter radiography as a technique can successfully be applied for predicting the pipeline bursting and casing failure. A valid numerical technique will allow predicting these issues without needing to access the outside of the pipelines. Furthermore, this technique has the ability to estimate the shape and depth of damages. It is normally preferred to apply non-destructive testing (NDT) methods which can monitor the status of a pipeline from the internal surface of it without needing to access both sides of it depending on various locations of pipe such as underground or submarine. In the current study, backscatter radiography as an applicable and NDT method to detect locations with potential for pipeline bursting or casing failure was carefully investigated using the Monte Carlo simulation tool. The data obtained by the simulation process showed that backscatter radiography could detect deformations, corroded areas, depositions, creation of load on the casing, lacking proper cementation, excessive pressure inside the pipelines, and other factors which may increase the risk of pipelines bursting or casing failure (in-situ and online) with an acceptable accuracy.